I felt compelled to share this LinkedIn post about the recent mass murder in Illinois. It was written by Erin Gallagher, whose information is below, about Aiden McCarthy, the toddler whose parents, Irina and Kevin McCarthy, were killed in an act of domestic terrorism on July 4th in Highland Park.
Erin Gallagher• 2ndFast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Recipient 2022 | Founder | Entrepreneur | JEDI Change Agent | Speaker | Career Innovator | Published Writer | Mother | Disrupter | “Top Woman in PR”13h • Edited • 13 hours ago
We are not okay.
Anyone attempting to work in our current trauma-filled day-to-day is not okay.
At “work.” At home. And everywhere in between.
Being able to function properly, contribute and produce good work requires three basic needs:
I know I’ve been without a steady supply of these three since the beginning of the pandemic. And I have it better than most. Much better.
We must acknowledge this reality for the people who make up our companies, communities and every other cohort to which we belong.
WE CAN’T SLEEP.
I couldn’t stop thinking about two year old Aiden McCarthy (pictured above) found alone covered in blood in the midst of the Highland Park mass shooting on Monday. It was later confirmed that his parents, Irina (35) and Kevin (37) were murdered while sitting with their toddler, waving mini American flags at their town’s Fourth of July parade. A domestic terrorist murdered 7 people and injured 40.
I sobbed into a towel in our bathroom at 3 this morning. I didn’t want our 6 and 3 year olds to hear me. They’ve requested to sleep with us the past few nights and I’ve squeezed them tightly as I lay awake staring into the darkness.
WE DON’T FEEL SAFE.
There were more mass shootings in the past 5 years than in any other half-decade going back to 1966. In 2022, we’ve had 315 mass shootings (injuring or killing 4 or more people) — more than 11 per week — killing 280 and injuring more than 1,300. The U.S. now accounts for 46% of all private gun ownership worldwide — more than ten times its share of the global population.
Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man was killed last week by police officers in Akron, Ohio. He suffered more than 60 gunshot wounds after fleeing the police during what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop. Jayland had one traffic ticket and no criminal record. Eight officers were directly involved in the shooting.
A majority radical Supreme Court is stripping rights away from anyone who does not identify as a straight, white cis-gendered Christian male. Women do not have control over our own bodies. They are coming for LGBTQ+ rights, interracial marriage and voting rights next.
WE LACK SUPPORT.
We have no universal childcare, parental leave or healthcare.
And our bodies’ systems were not built to handle this level of constant trauma, all against the backdrop of a continued global pandemic, no less.
Our nervous systems are stuck in survival mode. This can look like: anxiety and hypervigilance, depression and shutdown, addiction, perfectionism, numbing / disassociating, emotional repression / avoidance. Over time, these patterns affect our internal mechanisms to self soothe in moments of stress. This can cause us to become stuck in a state of nervous system dysregulation indefinitely.
We deserve better. And we must demand it.
Ban assault rifles.
Support mental health.
Save our democracy.
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